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Clerks 2 | DVD | (19/02/2007)
from £4.65 | Saving you £11.66 (58.30%) | RRP
No experience necessary. Ten years ago best friends Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) were New Jersey mini-mall clerks still slacking off together in their early 20s. A decade on a calamity at Dante and Randall's shops sends them looking for new horizons - but they ultimately settle at Mooby's a Disney-McDonald's-style fast-food empire....
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford | Blu Ray | (31/03/2008)
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Of all the movies made about or glancingly involving the 19th-century outlaw Jesse Woodson James, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the most reflective, most ambitious, most intricately fascinating, and indisputably most beautiful. Based on the novel of the same name by Ron Hansen, it picks up James late in his career, a few hours before his final train robbery, then covers the slow catastrophe of the gang's breakup over the next seven months even as the boss himself settles into an approximation of genteel retirement. But in another sense all of the movie is later than that. The very title assumes the audience's familiarity with James as a figure out of history and legend, and our awareness that he was--will be--murdered in his parlor one quiet afternoon by a back-shooting crony. The film--only the second to be made by New Zealand-born writer-director Andrew Dominik--reminds us that Dominik's debut film, Chopper, was the cunningly off-kilter portrait of another real-life criminal psychopath who became a kind of rock star to his society. The Jesse James of this telling is no Robin Hood robbing the rich to give to the poor, and that train robbery we witness is punctuated by acts of gratuitous brutality, not gallantry. Nineteen-year-old Bob Ford (Casey Affleck) seeks to join the James gang out of hero worship stoked by the dime novels he secretes under his bed, but his glam hero (Brad Pitt) is a monster who takes private glee in infecting his accomplices with his own paranoia, then murdering them for it. In the careful orchestration of James's final moments, there's even a hint that he takes satisfaction in his own demise. Affleck and Pitt (who co-produced with Ridley Scott, among others) are mesmerising in the title roles, but the movie is enriched by an exceptional supporting cast: Sam Shepard as Jesse's older, more stable brother Frank; Sam Rockwell as Bob Ford's own brother Charlie, whose post-assassination descent into madness is astonishing to behold; Paul Schneider, Garret Dillahunt, and Jeremy Renner as three variously doomed gang members; and Mary-Louise Parker, who as Jesse's wife Zee has few lines yet manages with looks and body language to invoke a well nigh-novelistic back-story for herself. There are also electrifying cameos by James Carville, doing solid actorly work as the governor of Missouri; Ted Levine, as a lawman of antic spirit; and Nick Cave, composer of the film's score (with Warren Ellis) and screenwriter of the Aussie western The Proposition, suddenly towering over a late scene to perform the folk song that set the terms for the book and movie's title. Still, the real co-star is Roger Deakins, probably the finest cinematographer at work today. The landscapes of the movie (mostly in Alberta and Manitoba) will linger in the memory as long as the distinctive faces, and we seem to feel the sting of its snows on our cheeks. Interior scenes are equally persuasive. Few westerns have conveyed so tangibly the bleakness and austerity of the spaces people of the frontier called home, and sought in vain to warm with human spirit. --Richard T. Jameson
True Grit | Blu Ray | (07/02/2011)
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John Wayne hams it up as a one-eyed, broken-down marshal in this 1969 adaptation of Charles Portis's bestselling novel. Kim Darby plays the formal-speaking adolescent who goes to Wayne for help tracking down her father's killer, and singer Glen Campbell straps on his guns to join the quest. Directed by old lion Henry Hathaway (Rawhide), True Grit is largely a showcase for Wayne (who finally won an Oscar), but it is also a decent Western with a particularly stirring final act. --Tom Keogh
Wedding Crashers | Blu Ray | (05/01/2009)
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Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla FisherDirector: David Dobkin
3:10 To Yuma | Blu Ray | (28/01/2008)
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In Arizona in the late 1800's infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch volunteers to deliver him alive to the 3:10 to Yuma a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail Evans and Wade each from very different worlds begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent impossible journey toward each man's destiny.
Semi-Pro | DVD | (17/04/2019)
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Semi Pro stars Will Ferrel as Jackie Moon a one hit wonder who uses the profits from his chart topping song 'Love Me Sexy ' to advance his dream of owning a basketball team. But Moon's basketball tema the Flint Michigan Tropics are the worst in the league and are in danger of folding. In order to survive Jackie and the Tropics must achieve the impossible - winning!
Ride With The Devil | DVD | (22/05/2000)
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Great period pictures make you feel as if you've stepped into another era, heard its language, breathed its spirit, and come away with a fresh perspective on that time as well as your own. Ride with the Devil is one of those special films--why wasn't it more widely embraced by reviewers and filmgoers? Did it rely too much on our patience for slow accumulation of unforced rhythms and meanings (as opposed to The Patriot, which "moved" audiences with cattle-prod simplicity and manipulation)? Ride with the Devil--smart, handsome, tenderly awed by how individual lives get ambushed by history--is ripe for rediscovery. The Civil War of battlefields and plantation houses is nowhere to be seen here. Instead we see the war as an improvised and largely blundering but very bloody feud among neighbours in the border state of Missouri. In this bucolic war zone--more than a little reminiscent of the Balkans in the late 1990s--the Taiwanese-born director Ang Lee (The Ice Storm) traces the destinies of several young Southern bushwhackers (guerrilla fighters) as they experience violence, the seasons, and different kinds of love. Skeet Ulrich draws the aristocratic glamour role (and top billing), but he's overshadowed by Tobey Maguire as a first-generation American, the magnificent Jeffrey Wright (a shameful oversight at Oscar time) as a freed slave fighting beside his former master, and singer Jewel in a very natural acting debut as the young widow who graces all their lives. The title The Birth of a Nation was already taken, but by the end of this movie you feel it would have applied here. --Richard T. Jameson, Amazon.com
Submarine | Blu Ray | (01/08/2011)
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15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life. Featuring original music by Alex Turner.
Foot Fist Way, the | DVD | (09/02/2009)
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The Foot Fist Way is an uproarious full-contact comedy featuring brought to you by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Self-control courtesy perseverance integrity and an indomitable spirit - those are the basic tenets preached by the proud but stern Master instructor Fred Simmons (Danny R. McBride) at the Concord Tae Kwon Do Studio. There 'the way of the foot and the fist ' a.k.a. the definition of the featured Korean martial art turns boys into black belts and suburbanites into great warriors. That is until Simmons' seemingly perfect life starts collapsing when he discovers his wife having an affair. A chance to resurrect his life by battling his hero - the 8-time undefeated champ and star of the 'Seven Rings of Pain' trilogy Chuck 'The Truck' Wallace (Ben Best) - gives Simmons' life purpose as he winds up on a wild comic journey that will take him from egomaniacal bluster all the way to becoming the stand-up man of his delusional dreams.
The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada | Blu Ray | (06/04/2009)
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The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada is ultimately a human drama that in its conclusion offers forgiveness for wrongs committed and a striking note of empathy for lives irrevocably changed. The body of Melquiades Estrada (Julio C''sar Cedillo) is found in a shallow grave in the desert where it was hastily buried after his murder. Making no attempt to solve the crime the local authorities rapidly transfer the corpse to a pauper's grave in the cemetery. Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) a ranch foreman and Melquiades' best friend takes it upon himself to track down the murderer. A beacon of humanity in this remote part of Texas Pete forces the killer to transport Melquiades to his own personal Eldorado in Mexico and so offers his friend a memorable journey to his third burial. Directed by Academy-Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones in his first feature film as a director the film picked up awards for Best Actor for Tommy Lee Jones and Best Screenplay for Guillermo Arriaga at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Arriaga's previous credits include the award winning Amore Perros and 21 Grams. The film's stunning landscape is captured by two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Chris Menges.
The Missing | DVD | (14/01/2008)
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In 19th-century New Mexico Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) returns home hoping to reconcile with his now adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). When Maggie's daughter is kidnapped father and estranged daughter are forced to put their troubled past behind them and work together to get her back...
How To Stop Being A Loser | DVD | (20/02/2012)
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A warm comedy about James who is the consummate dork and who is seriously unlucky in love. Cue the entrance of 'Ampersand', a self-styled, smooth pick-up artist who takes pity on James and decides to teach him his ways with women. However, as James begins to learn the dark arts of seduction, he cannot help but start to question both Ampersand's methods and just what will truly make him happy in life...
Defiance | DVD | (01/12/2009)
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In the great tradition of American Westerns Defiance tells a sweeping tale of revenge hatred and justice. When a law-abiding rancher is slain by the town's most powerful man because he's not willing to pay his dues his youngest son who witnesses his father's brutal murder devotes his life to avenging his father's death. Years later he returns to the town of Defiance and kills the man's son. But now his brother becomes swept up in this cycle of revenge...